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Scottish government consults on devolved social security benefits

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The Scottish government is consulting until 28 October 2016 on how to implement its devolved powers over certain social security benefits, which will account for around £2.7bn, or 15% of the total Scottish benefit bill. The benefits being transferred to Scotland are:

·        ill health and disability benefits, including disability living allowance, personal independence payment, attendance allowance, severe disablement allowance and industrial injuries disablement benefit;

·        carer’s allowance;

·        sure start maternity grants;

·        funeral payments;

·        cold weather payments and winter fuel payments;

·        discretionary housing payments; and

·        some powers in relation to universal credit.

Benefits to remain reserved to the UK government are:

·        universal credit (which replaces jobseeker’s allowance, income related employment support allowance, working tax credits, child tax credits and housing benefit);

·        state pension and pension credit;

·        contributory employment support allowance;

·        child benefit; and

·        maternity and paternity pay.


Issue: 1320
Categories: News